My French Odyssey

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My French Odyssey
My name is Monica Jones. I am a New Yorker living in France. A little over a year ago, I packed up my things and moved myself, my cats and my horse across the ocean. My French Odyssey is the story of that journey.
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  • Le Réveillon 1 week ago When I look back on my life, whether in a year or twenty, I suspect that the sheer insanity of how certain events unfolded will continue to amaze me.  Sometimes the smallest decision can impact your life in such a profound way as to beg the question of a higher power or at the very least the...
  • Handel's Messiah: Christmas in Versailles 3 weeks ago Now that Bandit was settled in and The Hybrid was officially/unofficially on the road, it was time to set my sights elsewhere.  Christmas was right around the corner but aside from Dominique, I still didn’t know anyone in Chartres.  For me, the holidays never held any great sway.  It was...
  • The Little Hybrid That Could 2 months ago A few days prior to Bandit arriving, another piece of the puzzle fell into place.  After eight weeks at sea, my 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid landed in Le Havre, a small port city in the northwest of France. I had dropped off my car in New Jersey a couple of weeks before I left.  The […] The post...
  • Bandit's New Home: An American Quarter Horse In France 2 months ago Bandit, understandably, got off the trailer a bit wobbly.  He had endured a 4-day trip with an 8-hour drive through Paris traffic.  I was certain he would want to head to his stall and take a nap.  I was wrong.  Arriving at a new barn in completely unfamiliar surroundings had given him a...
  • What I Miss About New York 2 months ago I’m a proud New Yorker living in France and although I have assimilated well into the French lifestyle, there are things that I miss about my city.  On the one hand, you have French fashion, culture and gastronomy worshiped as the gold standard.  On the other hand, you have New York –... Featured Expat Blog Badge:

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